Oklahoma man accused of running over wife will face trial on murder charge

Isiah J. Keitt, 41, was legally drunk the night Liliya Kasabova was struck with a car near a Midwest City convenience store, and officers say he made no attempt to avoid the woman, who was on foot.
by Tim Willert Published: August 11, 2012

Keitt's blood alcohol was measured at 0.08, making him legally drunk, the detective said.

Miller said Keitt offered three versions of what happened, including one in which he said he tried to block his wife's path with his car and struck her instead. Keitt said he “panicked,” turning the wheel to the right to “accelerate off her,” Miller testified.

That explanation, the detective said, was consistent with evidence found at the scene.

Keitt's attorneys argued their client was intoxicated and did not mean to kill Kasabova and should not be charged with murder.

“He was trying to cut her off, he had no intention of killing his wife at this time,” Oklahoma County Assistant Public Defender Mark McCormick told the judge. “There was no malice aforethought.”

Special Judge Larry A. Jones found enough evidence to send Keitt to trial.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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